Every Halloween Season, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival descends upon the city with an onslaught of horror and genre premieres. The 2018 edition is shaping up to be another killer year, here’s a glimpse at the first 10 films!
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2018! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi and action films from this year’s international film festival circuit. These 10 new movies will all screen at Toronto After Dark Film Festival as part of its spooktacular 13th Annual Edition this October 11-19, 2018 at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
ANNA & THE APOCALYPSE (UK) Toronto Premiere
Director – John McPhail
SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets FOOTLOOSE in this crowd-pleasing British high school zombie slaying musical! In the sleep town of Little Haven, just before Christmas, Anna and her high school friends awake to find themselves facing a zombie apocalypse! In a desperate race to save their loved ones, they’ll have to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead horde.
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (Mexico) Toronto Premiere
Opening Gala Film
Director – Issa Lopez
With her latest feature film, director Issa Lopez perfectly balances the harsh reality and fantastic nightmares of the street children of Mexico. Part PAN’S LABYRINTH, part CITY OF GOD, this creepy Guillermo del Toro-esque fairytale is about a young girl whose supernatural intuition leads her to form an alliance with a gang of orphaned boys. A critically acclaimed winner of over 20 film festival awards makes for an unmissable Opening Gala of this year’s Toronto After Dark!
SATAN’S SLAVES (Indonesia) Special Presentation
Director – Joko Anwar
One of the scariest films of the year, Indonesian maestro Joko Anwar’s (MODUS ANOMALI) latest horror sensation has become a massive box office hit in Asia! In this supernatural haunting tale, a family is terrorized by demonic forces including the spirit of their recently deceased mother.
PROSPECT (USA) Toronto Premiere
Director – Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl
In this award-winning SXSW hit sci-fi western thriller, a teenage girl (newcomer Sophie Thatcher) and her father (Jay Duplass) embark on a hazardous space mission to a remote moon in search of valuable gemstones. To get to the extraterrestrial plunder they will have to survive a hostile alien environment and the local outlaws (including GAME OF THRONES’s Pedro Pascal) who are out for their blood.
THE INHABITANT (Mexico / Chile) North American Premiere
Director – Guillermo Amoedo
In this terrifying Latin American riff on THE EXORCIST, an ordinary home robbery turns into a supernatural nightmare. Three desperate sisters break into a rich family house to plunder it for cash. Everything seems to be going to plan until they discover a disturbed young girl, tied up by her parents in the basement. It’s not long before the forces of hell are unleashed!
THE RANGER (USA) Toronto Premiere
Director – Jenn Wexler
Jenn Wexler’s SXSW film fest hit is a good old fashioned crowd-pleasing throwback to 80s slasher movies, with the added bonus of a kick-ass punk soundtrack! A bunch of teen punks head off for some mayhem in the woods. It’s not long before they come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with a serious axe to grind – and they’re in a bloody fight for their lives!
MEGA TIME SQUAD (New Zealand) Toronto Premiere
Director – Tim van Dammen
In this sci-fi comedy hit from New Zealand, a small-town criminal tries to use an ancient time travel device to defeat a brutal local crime boss. It’s soon clear that time travel has unintended consequences and can create as many problems as its solves! Don’t miss an absolute crowd-pleaser from some of the same people who previously worked on the festival hit, DEATHGASM!
NIGHTMARE CINEMA (USA) Toronto Premiere
Director – Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryuhei Kitamura & David Slade
From the acclaimed directors behind fan favourites, GREMLINS, JUAN OF THE DEAD, VERSUS, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, the MASTERS OF HORROR series and more, comes this terrifying anthology film. Five strangers converge at a haunted movie theater owned by a mysterious projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them their deepest fears and darkest secrets over five chilling tales!
LUZ (Germany) Special Presentation
Director – Tilman Singer
When a young cab driver drags herself into the brightly-lit entrance of a run-down police station, she’s unaware that a demonic entity has followed her in. One of the most buzzed horror films of the year since its debut at the Berlin Film Fest, LUZ is a slice of hypnotic retro-horror, that defies easy categorization. Full of dark disturbing dream-like scenes, LUZ is an unmissable, one-of-a-kind, hallucinogenic-horror experience that will melt your mind!
PREY (Holland) Toronto Premiere
Director – Dick Maas
“JAWS meets paws” in this horror action crowdpleaser from Dick Maas (AMSTERDAMNED, SAINT). A zoo veterinarian in gets caught up in a grisly adventure when she finds herself leading a city-wide hunt for a ferocious lion that’s on the loose and brutally killing people. Packed full of dark humour and dismembered body mayhem, PREY is a bloody audience delight!
About Toronto After Dark:
Now in its 13th Year, Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new Horror, Sci-Fi and Action cinema. Each October, in the run-up to Halloween, the critically acclaimed event, screens over 50 new feature films and shorts from around the world over nine thrilling nights in front of over 10,000 attendees, including over 150 members of Press and Industry in Canada’s largest city.
The festival runs October 11-18th in Toronto, Canada. Grab your badges and passes for the fest now, and keep your eyes glued to Nightmare on Film Street for the full line-up when it drops!